Facial cosmetic surgery in Toronto often involves one of 3 common facelift types or a combination of all of them. Did you know that facial cosmetic surgery is a complex practice area that can be totally customized for you? One of Dr. Cory Torgerson’s mottos is “Do the right thing at the right time”. Gone are the days when the goal of a facelift was to pull all the skin as tight as possible. Unfortunately, the “windswept” look of an overly tight and unnatural result has become imprinted in many minds. But today’s best methods for facial revitalization look nothing like they once did, and the aim is always to help you look youthful, refreshed, and healthy – naturally.

How can you start planning your facial cosmetic surgery in Toronto?

When planning your procedure, you’ll want to go online and read all about facelifts, but you might find the abundance of information confusing or even contradictory. Sometimes people use terms interchangeably, and often the word “facelift” will actually describe a few different procedures. The good news is that this means that your treatment can be totally customized for your needs. This is not one-size-fits-all surgery. On the other hand, you’ll likely need expert guidance to walk you through some of the options.

You’ll find it helpful to understand what each procedure can and cannot do for you. Here we outline 3 primary facelift types offered at the Torgerson Clinic in beautiful Yorkville village, Toronto.

How does each facelift technique differ?

For the purpose of discussing facelift options, you have an upper face, midface, and lower face. Generally, the “upper face” is considered to be the area above the eyes and up to the hairline. That area is also called the forehead and brow region. “Midface” refers to the area from the eyes to the mouth, so it includes the nose, cheeks, and upper lip. Laugh lines, cheekbones, and under-eye bagginess is addressed in the midface. The “lower face” is technically the area from the corners of your mouth down to the neck and often including the neck as well. That would consist of the jowls, jawline, and the marionette lines descending from the corners of the mouth.

Many different target areas can be treated simultaneously, but often just one of them will be the focus of a person’s facelift. Most often, the brow area is managed and named separately, so a facial cosmetic surgery in Toronto, which includes lifting and smoothing the forehead, will be called “a facelift combined with a brow lift”.

Who makes a good candidate for facelift surgery?

People who make good candidates for facelift procedures are usually interested in turning back the clock a little and addressing specific problem areas such as deep laugh lines or jowls. In their 40s, 50s, and 60s, many people begin to observe unwanted changes in their face such as sagging jowls and jawline due to weakened muscle tone and fat deposits; loose, crepey skin around the eyes; creases and fine lines around the mouth; flatter cheeks; bags under the eyes or festoon formation; and deeper wrinkles in the midface. They may also see forehead lines and their brow shift downward. Plenty of people make lifestyle and nutrition choices to get healthy in midlife as well, but this can result in facial hollows and sagging skin.

Genetic and lifestyle factors mean people experience these changes differently, and usually one or two areas can be the focus of surgical intervention. If you see changes that make you appear tired, angry, or much older than you feel, it may be time to intervene with facial cosmetic surgery.

What’s the difference between mini and full facelifts?

You may also hear the terms mini and full facelift. It’s important to note that neither option typically includes the “upper facelift” or browlift component. What is termed a “full facelift” usually improves mid-face contours as well as the jawline and the neck area. For people who do not need deep muscle tissue and ligament restructuring and have only mild midface laxity, a mid facelift (also called a “mini”) could be appropriate for them. The best way to determine which approach and which combination of procedures will get you to your goals is to visit with your chosen facial cosmetic surgeon in person. Bring all of your questions and be prepared to listen to a few different options. They will examine your face and let you know what can be realistically achieved through various means.

Dr. Torgerson will offer you a free consultation, so you can relax and consider all of your available options with no pressure to choose one over the other. He often provides detailed custom plans for patients because he knows that each person’s face and their goals are entirely unique to them.

How can you choose the right expert for your Toronto facial cosmetic surgery?

Toronto is home to numerous skilled surgeons, but it has few facial plastic surgeons with the right level of practice experience and credentials to lead the way in custom facelift surgery.

With an MD, Ph.D., and FRCSC plus certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Cory Torgerson is a highly trained facial plastic surgeon with outstanding expertise. Being a highly trained head and neck surgeon, ENT (ear, nose, and throat surgeon), and specialized facial cosmetic surgeon, he has the knowledge and keen focus to offer his patients a tailored, individualized approach. Facial anatomy, the numerous factors that influence the appearance of aging, and effective improvement options require narrow specialization. Dr. Torgerson directs his entire private practice toward personalized facial cosmetic surgeries and the industry’s latest non-surgical methods for rejuvenation.

Where will your facelift procedure take place?

Your facial cosmetic surgery in Toronto will be performed in Dr. Torgerson’s luxurious state-of-the-art surgical facility in Yorkville, downtown Toronto. We’re pleased to offer one of only a few fully accredited, level 3 OHP (out-of-hospital premises) surgical centres, which pass strict inspection and ongoing assessment. Dr. Torgerson’s facility exceeds standards for health and safety, but also for devoted, professional, one-on-one care. The credentials, expertise, and level of attention you can expect from our hand-selected staff are unparalleled and serve to make your personal cosmetic surgery experience even better with us. Whether you decide to proceed with a lower, mid, or upper facelift, choosing our beautiful private facility means you don’t risk being bumped out of your scheduled spot for another case or hurried through a large, impersonal facility, as can happen when your surgeon is working through a public hospital.

Which other procedure options can be combined with a facelift?

Injectables

There are some things that even a face lift can’t achieve, and combined procedures are an all-round improvement tool. Non-surgical interventions such as Botox injections and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers make a wonderful accompaniment to surgical lifting and tightening. The problem of aging facial tissue often involves skin laxity plus the loss of volume in key areas like the lips, cheeks, and under the eye. Restoring facial volume, softening dynamic muscle movement, and redraping excess skin all work in harmony to restore a youthful appearance and remove up to 10 years off a person’s appearance.

Professional skin care

A facelift cannot change the surface tone and texture of your skin, which means that laser treatments, chemical peels, and photofacials are useful in combination with cosmetic surgery to create a glowing complexion and reduce some of the other telltale signs of aging. A few of the more intensive non-surgical skin treatments can be done while a patient is still under anaesthesia, which means they have some additional redness and swelling to manage while healing, but they don’t feel a thing during the process. Often our clients appreciate that the most convenient time to recover from an intensive skin procedure is while they are already at home, relaxing and recovering from facial surgery.

Can you add other surgical procedures to your facelift?

Certainly you can, and in fact, it’s quite common. Depending on your overall health picture and your individual needs, you may be able to combine a browlift and the permanent reduction of the glabellar, “frown” muscles between the brows. Lifting the upper face slightly can open up the eye area, reduce lines, and allow a person to appear well-rested and happy.

Eyelid surgery is sometimes combined with a facelift. Depending on other treatment areas, it may be advised that the delicate eye area be surgically adjusted separately from a full facelift. Otherwise, the results could be less than ideal, but each patient and each case is different.

A neck lift, or platysmal plication, is often added to a facelift procedure as well. The bands of muscle that can separate and stand out on the neck cause significant embarrassment and frustration for many. Often a giveaway of a person’s age, the “turkey neck” can actually be repaired and reduced relatively easily through an incision just under the chin.

Keep in mind that adding ablative facial skin treatments or additional surgical areas will increase your recovery time. You should plan accordingly to take plenty of time off, arrange for extra help at home, rest, and relax.

If you’re interested in facial cosmetic surgery in Toronto, the Torgerson Clinic welcomes you to contact us today. We’ll be happy to schedule your personal, private consultation and listen to your goals and expectations for your procedure. Dr. Torgerson enjoys combining his expertise with an artistic eye to make truly beautiful and natural changes for his clients. He’ll be happy to talk about the next steps with you and get you on your way to looking and feeling fantastic.

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Dr. Cory Torgerson is one of Canada’s most talented and prominent facial plastic surgeons, focusing on head & neck facial surgery. Dr. Torgerson has been frequently invited to teach and lecture on these topics across North America. He has hospital privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital, one of the premier hospitals in the University of Toronto Health Network.
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